Faceoff #2

October 1st, 2009

Faceoff #2 - Family Portrait

Susan would have had no idea there was any tension if it wasn’t for the burning sensation on either side of her head.

(submitted by Susan)

187 Responses to “Faceoff #2”

  1. Susan says:

    the tennis balls where a family tradition, as where staring contests between mother and grandma…they hated eachother XD! Yes, I am the Susan who posted this. I will gladly answer any questions about the picture. And that is just how our salt shakers looked!

  2. somanyquestions says:

    Why does the little girl only get to eat olives?
    Why do the silver salt and pepper shakers have wings?
    Is the little girl standing or sitting?

  3. Alyssa says:

    The circumstances surrounding the event are unclear. All we do know is, after an ill-time comment involving soggy stuffing and bone-dry turkey, things between Mom and Grandma were never the same.

  4. Rose DeShaw says:

    Just found this site and been laughing after since. Planning on digging into the family photos. Somewhere in there is my husband at age a year and a half with his mouth around a kitten and several sibiling fights not to mention some weird family cars. Thanks for doing this. Cheers us all up.

  5. Gail says:

    This is too funny. I know these people. Seriously. Susan, if you’re still looking at comments, do you know the H’s?

    • Susan says:

      No I don’t know any H’s. This picture was taken in Denver, Colorado if that helps!

      • Gail says:

        Denver, eh? Well, I know these folks’ twins then, and they lived in St. Louis. But I guess maybe the chandelier in the dining room wasn’t quite what shows up in the reflection. Wild how much the adults look like people I knew.

  6. G$ says:

    Looks like June Davis brought the blue casserole dish again this year. Poor Marney.

  7. Lexi says:

    Ok.. so is it just me, or do those flowers on the table look like red Tennis Balls?

  8. I says:

    anyone notice how teh little girl looks scarily like the poltergeist girl >.> creepy…

  9. HeatherW says:

    “..I SAID ‘ your meatloaf…SUCKS.’…”

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Now you tell me you put mushrooms in the gravy!!!!! How many times do I have to tell you I’m allergic to mushrooms, we have to get the ER right away, you’re trying to kill me aren’t you? You are????? gasp gasp and it’s too late to write you out of the willl! gasp gasp

  11. Susan says:

    So this is freaky. I saw the picture first and thought how much I looked like the young girl at that age. Then I saw that her name is Susan, the same as mine. Only difference is, I was born in 1985.

  12. mycaricature says:

    glurgh. Imagine the holidays there..

  13. Jeff says:

    While Grandma and Mom accused each other of farting, little Jennifer sat quietly eating the olives.

  14. Carrie says:

    No one sees the mans face behind the girls’ left shoulder (on the right)?

  15. Poindexter-X says:

    My Granny had the same cat-eyed glasses and hairdo/color!!!

  16. Diana says:

    My favorite part is the empty martini glass. Mom is wishing for a refill.

  17. Amanda says:

    I love the center piece. My grandmother has tons of those silky little balls, which are still used to decorate the tree. She’s probably had them since the 60’s.
    Good times, good times….

    • Sam says:

      I hated those things growimg up.The threads have a tendency to get caught on everything and unravel all the way through the house.

    • psycho-delic says:

      Yes, and they were cat magnets. The cat would get her claws stuck in them as she batted them on the Christmas tree. They always ended up shredded with the styrofoam showing. How cheezy………

  18. Shorts says:

    do we have an EXTREME HEAD TURN here?? extreme head turn glare, the awkwardness is multiplying…

  19. Daily says:

    The cabinet behind them is so cluttered!!! What is that… like four dishes in it? LOL. Why buy a huge cabinet and store so little inside it? I would have it packed!

    I’m guessing the feud is between mother and daughter. (not inlaw) only because they look so much alike. Someone didn’t get what they wanted for Christmas.

    Oh – and yes, the reflection of gramps in the “cabinet” is eerie. But at least it takes up some of the empty space.

  20. lagrange says:

    “come into the light, come into the light, all are welcome, all are welcome…” oops, sorry I thought was looking at a still from poltergeist.

  21. Tiffany says:

    Haha! Marney indeed. This is one of the daughters who didn’t bring a lid and serving spoon to Thanksgiving. FOR SHAME!

  22. Angie says:

    Maybe Susan’s real mommy will be back for her, someday…

  23. sara says:

    she looks like my aunt susan as a kid. weird.

  24. Deb says:

    It looks like the little girl is saying “See? This is what it’s like every time!” I love how they’re all wearing the same color & grandma’s earrings match the centerpiece (and yes one of them does look like a tennis ball but I think that’s just the way the light is reflecting off of it!)
    Too funny! Love the glasses!

  25. glasstabletop says:

    I wonder if everything back then had sort of a yellow tint to everything.
    The strange thing is, the grandmother and mother look remarkably similar to my own.

    • GW says:

      That’s a result of the print aging and fading, but it also has to do with how incandescent lighting is captured on film. Digital cameras have white balance settings that counterbalance the effects of different lighting, so you don’t notice it so much now.

      • Padron says:

        Yes, but it’s so much more fun to think of everything actually having a yellowish tint. Isn’t that what everyone was going for anyway with puke green, burnt orange and every shade of brown being THE colors.

  26. ev says:

    I’m noticing the empty martini glass on the table. Looks like the gloves came off soon after.

  27. Frank says:

    It’s a picture of Thanksgiving at Marny’s.

    • GW says:

      This is full of win! It has to be. Pity the poor little girl when she grows up, marries and must assume the adult responsibilities of Thanksgiving dish preparations under Marney’s reign of terror.

  28. Amice says:

    Okay, unless I’ve overlooked it, No One Has Mentioned Gramma’s Purple Hair!!

    I guess it coordinates with all their outfits, but I think it still deserves a shout out.

    • Silfax says:

      Well the kids are all hopped up and ready to go
      They’re ready to go now
      They’ve got their surfboards
      And they’re going to the discotheque a go go
      But she just couldn’t stay
      She had to break away
      Well New York City really has it all
      Oh yeah, oh yeah

      Granny is a punk rocker
      Granny is a punk rocker
      Granny is a punk rocker now
      Granny is a punk rocker
      Granny is a punk rocker
      Granny is a punk rocker now
      Well She’s a punk punk, a punk rocker
      Punk punk, a punk rocker
      Punk punk, a punk rocker
      Punk punk, a punk rocker

      … (Apologies to the Ramones)

  29. JP says:

    Definitely quite awkward, with the drama about to burst into flames between the grandmother and the aunt.

  30. Steph says:

    The aged Wonder Woman glares incredulously at her clueless daughter in law: “Don’t you know who I am?!?!?”

  31. Karen says:

    Can you feel the love tonight?

  32. DeannieDorko says:

    It’s amazing the camera caught Susan so clearly, as she is actually in motion throughout the entire dinner, rocking herself back and forth in the chair, reciting in her head the mantra she knows only all too well, “Make it stop, make it stop, make it stop….”

  33. mikki says:

    look closely, mommy’s water glass is full, but the martini glass is drained…. This would be the year she makes a stand.

  34. Lindy says:

    can anyone explain the “floating lights” in the china cabinet?

    They are a reflection of the chandelier.

    If you look carefully you can see the reflection of a man in the cabinet.

  35. Denise says:

    I love the impressive display of crystal and dinnerware in the cabinet behind them 🙂

  36. Isabel says:

    What is that centerpiece made of? Dyed tennisballs? A fruit I don’t know? Hmm. And kudos to the person who took the pic, exactly right time!

    • Steph says:

      The centerpiece is some sort of vase filled with those tacky, floss-covered Christmas ornament balls. It’s basically a styrofoam ball tightly wound with polyester thread – very big in the 70s.

    • jenzie says:

      they are those silky-threaded christmas ornaments (ball-shaped, styrofoam with thread stuck in the top and bottom), but the lighting reflecting off them makes it look like there are white lines on them. they are actually a solid red color…yes, i am old.

    • Alicia says:

      My mom has some of these. They are Christmas decorations. They are balls covered in very thin strands of silky thread. That’s what makes them look shiny.

    • m says:

      the centerpiece is a bowl of christmas decorations… they were wrapped in a satiny string and I loved to unravel them as a kid, to my cat’s delight and mother’s dismay. the center was a styrofoam ball.

    • Olson says:

      I looked at this pic several times before I was able to figure out that there weren’t red tennis balls in the centerpiece!! Then I had to come to the comments to see if anyone else thought they looked like that!

  37. Joanne says:

    I’m digging grandma’s outfit-might that be a ladies Leisure suit?

  38. Nikketta says:

    its a reflection in the shelves……the mom looks like Maxine comics

  39. jnmcnally says:


  40. Hmmmmm says:

    glad to see the Marny referance…my thoughts exactly!!

    • starr says:

      I am totally confused about all this “marney” business..who is marney, and why is she in all the pictures here? I don’t think this is the same woman as the last picture where someone mentioned “marney”…what gives with this??

  41. Paul P says:

    The elder lady looks EXACTLY like the grandmother from the Family Circus comic strip. Glasses especially. Lisa Loeb would be envious.

  42. monavis says:

    After this frosty exchange between Marnie and and Amy, everyone knew there would be 8 more weeks of winter.

    BTW, can anyone explain the “floating lights” in the china cabinet?

  43. XLscooper says:

    I think this is the beginning of The Bad Seed. Poor poor child.

  44. braden says:


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